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Senior Calendar Oct. 24-31

<b>Thursday/Oct. 25

</b>Comedy Time. Laughter is the best medicine for seniors, 11 a.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St. Program about humor led by senior adult specialist, Rachel Thompson. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call to register, 703-228-5321.

<b>Friday/Oct. 26

</b>Games. Scrabble for seniors, 10:15 a.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. All levels of players welcome; coaching available; no fee. Call 703-228-0955.

Lee Walkers. The Lee Walkers, Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Highway, will walk through the historic Congressional Cemetery, D.C., 10 a.m. Cost is $2.50; newcomers welcome. Call to register, 703-228-0555.

Trip Time. Historic Havre de Grace, Md., is on the agenda for seniors. Browse antique shops; lunch on your own. Cost is $10. Call Arlington Senior Adult Travel, 703-228-4749. Registration required.

Music Group. The music appreciation group at Culpepper Garden Senior Center will meet to discuss works of Faust, 1:30 p.m., 4435 N. Pershing Drive, Arlington. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call 703-228-4403.

Faire. Annual Renaissance Fair at Aurora Hills Senior Center, begins at noon with costumed luncheon, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. Program will feature Robin Hood and friends, led by historian Les Albers. Cost is $5. Register and pre-ay by Oct. 24 by calling, 703-228-5722.

<b>Saturday/Oct. 27

</b>Senior Information Fair. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Information about Arlington County’s services and programs available for seniors and caregivers including adult day care, transportation, Medicare, fitness, recreation. Free ID cards, emergency 911 cell phone and blood pressure checks. For information, call 703-228-1700.

<b>Monday/Oct. 29

</b>Ice Skating. Seniors can take a turn around the rink at the Kettler Iceplex, Ballston Mall, Wilson Boulevard & Glebe Road, 7:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. All levels of senior skaters welcome. Cost is $1 which includes skate rental. Call 703-228-4745.

Games. Senior adult tennis, 9 a.m. – noon, Bluemont courts (N. Manchester & Wilson Blvd.) and Quincy courts (N. Quincy & Wash. Blvd.), Arlington. Groups play each weekday morning. Call 703-228-4745. Cost is $15 annual registration fee with Office of Sr. Adult Programs.

Walkers. The Walter Reed Walkers, Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., will travel to River Farm, Alexandria, for their weekly walking program, 9:30 a.m. Fee is $2.50; newcomers welcome. Call to register, 703-228-0955.

Walking. The Langston Walkers, Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., will meet 9:30 a.m., for a social walk in the neighborhood. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call 703-228-5321.

Crafters. Attention seniors who like to knit and crochet—join the Yarn Crafters group at Aurora Hills Senior Center, 10:30 a.m., 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. Make items for local charities; patterns provided. No fee. Call 703-228-5722.

Health Group. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), weight loss support group, will meet 10 a.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Highway, Arlington. Private weigh-ins; interesting programs. Annual dues $24. Call 703-228-0555.

Trip Time. Arlington seniors will tour the U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms. Photo ID required. Cost is $8. Call Senior Adult Travel, 703-228-4749. Registration required.

<b>Tuesday/Oct. 30

</b>Games. Senior volleyball games at Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Cupeper St., 2 p.m. (practice at 1:30 p.m.). No fee; all levels of players welcome. Call 703-228-4745.

<b>Wednesday/Oct. 31

</b>Walking Club. The Walking Club of Arlington for seniors will walk in D.C. from Montrose Park to Washington Harbor, 9:30 a.m. Cost is $3; newcomers welcome. Group leaves from Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Drive, 703-228-4403.

Parties. Halloween parties for Arlington seniors at Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., 11 a.m. and Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 1:30 p.m. 4435 N. Pershing Drive. Lunch and prizes for best costumes at LB, $4, call to register, 703-228-5321; parade of costumes by children from Barrett Elementary School, refreshments and music at CG, cost is $1. Call 703-228-4403.

Trip Time. The newly opened Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in D.C. is on the agenda for Arlington seniors. Cost is $24. Call Arlington Senior Adult Travel, 703-228-4749. Registration required.

<b>Thursday/Nov. 1

</b>Games. Table tennis for seniors, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call 703-228-0955.

Art Exhibit. The "Impressionists by the Sea" exhibit at the Phillips Collection in the District is the destination of Arlington seniors. Exhibit includes 60 works by major 19th century French artists such as Monet and Renoir. Cost is $24. Call Arlington Senior Adult Travel, 703-228-4749. Registration required.

Trip via Video. Arlington seniors can visit the Galapagos Islands without packing a suitcase, 10:30 a.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call 703-228-5321.

Health Group. Seated exercise program for seniors begins 9:30 a.m., Walter Reed Senior Center. 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. Cost is $28, once a week or $56, twice a week. Call to register, 703-228-0955.

Woodcarvers. The Woodcarvers group at Lee Senior Center will meet 1 p.m., 5722 Lee Highway, Arlington. The carvers do chips relief and round carving. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call 703-228-0555.

Entertainment. The Red Hatters 4th Red Hat Round Up will be held 11:30 a.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. Lunch and entertainment, $5. Call to register, 703-228-5722.

Health Talk. Medicare updates for 2008 will be outlined 10:15 a.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., by Martha Trunk, Arlington Agency on Aging. No fee. Call 703-228-0955.

<b>Friday/Nov. 2

</b>Computer Courses. Seniors can sign up for five basic computer courses at Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Highway, led by a skilled instructor and teen-age coaches, Call between 10 a.m.-noon for details, 703-228-6425. Cost is $20 for a textbook.

Home Services. Home care services for seniors will be discussed 11 a.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call to register, 703-228-5722.

Walkers. The Lee Walkers, Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Highway, will walk in Fairview Park, Falls Church, 10 a.m. Fee is $2.50; newcomers welcome. Call to register, 703-228-0555.

Music Group. The music appreciation group at Culpepper Garden Senior Center will discuss 20th century Czech composer, Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959), 1:30 p.m., 4435 N. Pershing Drive, Arlington. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call 703-228-4403.

Music Concert. Arlington seniors will attend an Air Force Jazz Concert featuring the Airmen of Note at the Lisner Auditorium, D.C. Cost is $8. Call Arlington Senior Adult Travel, 703-228-4749. Registration required.

<b>Saturday/Nov. 3

</b>Trip Time. The Eastern Market and Southwest Wharf are food shopping destinations of Arlington seniors. Cost is $8. Call Arlington Senior Adult Travel, 703-228-4749. Registration required.

Hearing Workshop. Workshop to help hearing people communicate better with hard of hearing people, 10 a.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Drive, Arlington. Workshop topics will include myths and truths about hearing loss, factors affecting lip reading, how to identify hearing loss and communication strategies. No fee. Call to register, 703-228-4403.v

<b>Ongoing Events

</b>* Classes in English as a Second Language, for seniors, are offered at Langston-Brown Senior Center, every Monday, 10 a.m., 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. To register, call 703-228-5321.

* Friendly poker games for seniors, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10a.m.-12:30 p.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Highway, Arlington. Beginners welcome. Call 703-228-0555.

* Table tennis for seniors, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call 703-228-0955.

* Trip Planner. Branson, Mo. is the destination of Arlington seniors, Oct. 15-21. Round trip by motor coach, meals, shows, tours and more. Call for details, Arlington County Senior Adult Travel, 703-228-4748.

* Dining Out Club. Lunch is held the first Thursday of the month and dinner is on the second Wednesday at Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Highway. Call 703-228-0555. Newcomers welcome.

* The Northern Virginia Senior Olympics will celebrate its 25th anniversary, Sept. 15-27. Opening day ceremonies, Sat., Sept. 15, 10:30 a.m. will be followed by track and field events at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. 2nd St., Arlington. A mini health fair will also be held on opening day from 9 a.m. to noon, sponsored by the Virginia Hospital Center.

In addition to track and field, other events include swimming, bowling, tennis, table tennis, golf, miniature golf, pickleball, eight ball pool, board games, card games, bait casting, Frisbee throw, shuffleboard, horseshoes, basketball, basketball free throw, team line dancing, softball hit and throw and yo-yo tricks.

Registration is $10 which includes one event; additional events are $1. Registration forms are available at senior centers or by calling 703-228-3600, ext. 9996. They can also be downloaded from www.novaseniorolympics.com. Registration deadline is Sept. 1.

* Golf. The 2007 Arlington Senior Golf Club season begins Tues., Apr. 3 at the Old Hickory Golf Course, Woodbridge. The group plays on Tuesdays and Thursdays at various golf courses in Northern Virginia. Seniors interested in joining should call Karl VanNewkirk, 703-536-5916.

* Exercise. Exclusive days and hours are available to Arlington seniors at the weight rooms at Langston-Brown and Madison Senior Centers. Strength training, using varied types of cardio equipment, supervised by a certified personal trainer, is offered at Langston-Brown, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Mon., 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Wed., 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Fri., 11 a.m.–2 p.m. and Madison, 3829 N. Stafford St., Tues., Wed., Thurs., 7-11 a.m., Sat., 7–10 a.m. The cost is $56 for a 16-session ticket. Call 703-228-4745.

* Volunteers. Arlington County is hosting the opening ceremonies and track and field events on Sat., Sept. 15 for the 2007 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. 2nd St. Volunteers are needed for a cheerleading squad to support senior athletes from all parts of Northern Virginia. Contact Jennifer Collins, fitness coordinator, Office of Senior Adult Programs, 703-228-4745.* English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for seniors offered every Monday, 11 a.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call to register, 703-228-5321.